More from Argentina

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample in order to participate in a Wines of Argentina Taste Live Event.

Same disclaimer as the last wine from this tasting….I’m just behind on writing up my notes. Torrontes is a wine that I have a love/hate relationship with. When it’s done right, I find Torrontes to be a light, perfumey, tropical wine that delights me for a hot summer afternoon. When it goes bad though, thoughts of lemon Pledge dance in my head and I have trouble getting my head past the nose to taste it.  Thankfully, the 2009 Terrazas had a lovely nose! It clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume, had a screw cap closure, and retails for around $18.

On the nose I got honeysuckle, white flowers, tropical notes, honey, an sweet grapefruit. In the mouth this showed as grapefruit all the way for me. I also found a little floral aftertaste with orange zest on the finish that lent some bitterness to the finish. I’d be hesitant to pay $18 for this, but if it were in the $10 range I’d go for it.

Cleaning Up Old Notes

*Disclaimer: I received this wine in order to participate in a Taste Live event.

I’m still digging back in the archives to catch up on wines I never got around to telling you about when my posting slowed down last year.  I tasted this bottle during a Wines of Argentina Twitter Taste Live event towards the end of August last year. Yikes. Way behind on this one. I should be caught up around here pretty quickly now that I’m publishing 4-5 posts a week again. I’d push out more posts but I’m still suffering from sleep deprivation…the Little Wino doesn’t seem to understand how nice sleep is! The 2008 Valentin Chardonnay was one of the wines in the tasting line up. It clocked in at 13.7% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and retails somewhere around $14.

On the nose I found oak, a touch of butter, toast, spice, apple, clove, pear, and tropical notes. In the mouth I got apple, lots of pear, pineapple, spice, green apple, slight nutty notes, and oak. This was too oaky and buttery for me.

Not my favorite

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Gallo Family Wines

We pulled a 2008 Alamos Malbec from Argentina out of the basement the other night. It retails for about $13, clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and had a Diam closure. On first sniff I was turned off by this wine. It smelled overly sweet and what people often call “spoofy.” I got sweetened black fruit, sweet oak, sweet berries, chocolate, and pepper. The nose was so sweet smelling. I should come up with a better descriptor, but really, sweet is all I have to offer. In the mouth the fruit showed a bit tarter, but not much. Blackberry, black cherry, and oak are all I got on the palate. I found it to be simple and too sweet for my taste. NMS.

Argentinian Chardonnay

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Gallo Family Wines.

I found this wine hiding in a box I thought was empty in the basement. That occasionally happens given the size of my basement and the number of boxes down there. I can’t even remember the last time I opened one of my own boxes of wine, everything I bought on my Sonoma trip in April is still all boxed up. Anywho, I plucked the 2008 Alamos Chardonnay out of its hiding place and we drank it. The wine clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, retails for as low as $8, and had a Diam closure. It hails from Mendoza, Argentina.

On the nose I found pineapple, pear, a little oak, some cream, tropical fruit, and caramel notes.  In the mouth I got pear, apple, lemon, lemon zest, some spice, and some oaky influence.  This isn’t really my style of Chardonnay, but for $8, it’s okay.

Trumpets Blaring

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Pasternak Wine Imports

This wine has it all for $8. I don’t drink much Malbec from Argentina. I often find them to be just a bit too brash and wild for my taste. However, this Malbec had everything I like about Malbec and a great price tag! The 2007 Trumpeter Malbec retails for about $8, had a real cork closure, and clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I got pencil lead, plum, blackberry, black fruit, earth, black raspberry, and spice. The fruit seemed bright and fresh.  In the mouth I got black cherry, spice, graphite, earth, black fruit, plum, and other dark fruits. This inky, dark wine delivered a dark, dense body in the mouth and a nose I wouldn’t to keep smelling, all for $8.

Southern Chardonnay

Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from F. Wildman.

Matt seemed in the mood for a Chardonnay the other night. Not terribly common around these parts, but hey, strike while the striking is hot since so many folks send Chardonnay our way, they tend to pile up just a bit. I really need to have people over and just taste through all of one variety of wine to clear out some stuff. Like a brown bag lunch, but you get to take home wine in brown bags if you like it. Anywho, we settled on the 2007 Trapiche Broquel Chardonnay. It clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume (I prefer my whites a little less alcoholic than that) and looks to retail for about $15.

On the nose the wine smelled woody, with peach, mango, tropical fruit, yellow apple, vanilla cream, butter, and more peach. In the mouth I got lemon, butter, apple, tropical notes, a little wood, and a little more butter. I found it to be crisper than I expected based on the wood and butter notes, but I thought that compared to the nose the palate fell off a bit.

Reading My Mind

*Disclaimer: The owner of Branford Wine and Spirits gave this wine to my dad for me to try. I’m not sure that even counts as a sample but whatever, here’s the disclosure.

Jay of Branford Wine & Spirits must have been reading my mind when he picked out this bottle to give to my dad for my visit. I have really just been in such a Sauvigon Blanc mood lately and fresh off the Wines of Argentina Twitter Taste Lives, I was happy to try yet another Argentinian Sauvignon Blanc. We opened the 2007 Altosur Sauvignon Blanc after dinner. It had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, and I see it retails for around $11.

On the nose I got grapefruit, flowers, banana, lemon, and tart citrus.  In the mouth more citrus, lemon, grapefruit, spice, and tropical notes. While the wine was crisp, I find the style to be different than New Zealand and it would probably appeal to those who think New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is too tart.